Polwithen Drive

Carbis Bay

Consultation & Proposals


Thank you for visiting our website. Here you will be able to find out all the latest information about the consultation and proposals for new homes at land off Polwithen Drive in Carbis Bay.

We held a public exhibition on the 14th June 2019 at the Carbis Bay Memorial Hall where we displayed our plans and invited feedback. You can download the material displayed here.

Following the public exhibition, a two period of consultation was carried out where feedback was collected (until the of 28th June 2019). The feedback has been analysed and comments received were taken into consideration when finalising the proposals prior to submission.

The planning application has now been submitted to Cornwall Council (23rd September 2019) where it will be determined by the planning authorities.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

the site

The site is to the south east of Carninney Lane and to the south of Polwithen Drive in Carbis Bay.

During the St Ives Neighbourhood Planning process, the site was allocated for residential development (known as AS5 during the process).

It was then confirmed in a public referendum open to all voters in the St Ives, Carbis Bay and Lelant area that this site, amongst others, was appropriate for development to help meet the housing need in the local area.

It is approximately two and a quarter acres in size and bordered by properties on the north west and north east boundaries. Both an overhead electricity pylon and a mains water pipe go across the site.


bunnyhomes are proposing to deliver 16 open market and 10 affordable homes on the land off Polwithen Drive.

It will be a low-density development, with areas of open space and will include both bungalows and two-storey homes.

40% of the homes will be affordable and, in line with the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan, all homes will be only for those whose primary residence will be here.

The site will be accessed off Polwithen Drive, and the homes along the edge of Polwithen Drive will be bungalows and rising to two-storeys further into the field.

The proposals for the land off Polwithen Drive, within the context of the wider area (click to enlarge)
open market homes
Type of home #
2 bedroom bungalow3
3 bedroom bungalow1
2 bedroom house4
3 bedroom house4
4 bedroom house4
affordable homes
Type of home #
1 bedroom home2
2 bedroom home5
3 bedroom home2
2 bedroom bungalow1

design of the homes

We are designing the most beautiful new homes to be built in Cornwall.

Our Craft Collection is inspired by the Georgian design we are all familiar with, our homes will have well-proportioned elevations, sash windows and elegant entrance features.

Great care has been taken with architectural details, such as the large symmetrical windows of the era, and elegant ironwork porches with scalloped canopies.

The homes on the northern edge of the site, which are adjacent to the existing homes along Polwithen Drive, will be single-storey. The homes will then rise to two-storey towards the south of the site, away from the existing properties.

The proposals for the land off Polwithen Drive (click to enlarge)

access, highways & parking


The site will be accessed via Polwithen Drive, between number 43 and numbers 39/41. As this access will be relatively narrow, it will be shared surface for pedestrians and vehicles, which will encourage car users to drive slowly into the development. The visibility both ways from the access along Polwithen Drive are within safe limits, making this access safe for future residents and other road users.


The additional 26 homes on off Polwithen Drive will make a relatively minimal impact onto the surrounding and wider highways network. access, highways & parking Our calculations, which will be assessed by Cornwall Council during the formal determination of the planning application, show that there will be just 13 additional trips in the peak hour in the morning (between 8am and 9am) and 16 additional trips in the peak hour in the afternoon (between 5pm and 6pm).


We fully understand the frustration additional cars can create by a new development on parking in and around the existing homes. That’s why we’re providing 55 car parking spaces on the site, including garages for all 26 homes.

drainage, landscaping & ecology

A layout of the site, including the area of open space and attenuation pond


We understand that the site could be liable to flooding if we don’t provide a sufficient drainage system. That’s why we’ve taken this into careful consideration in our layout and drainage system design, including an attenuation pond in the north-west of the site. This design will fully comply with drainage regulations. These rules state that our development of the site has to, at best, not worsen the existing situation. We believe that the drainage engineering we will install within the development will be more than sufficient to meet this.


The development will not be a dense development, but instead be well landscaped with an area of open space at the north of the development, adjacent to some of the existing homes along Polwithen Drive. The landscaped areas within the public areas of the site will be maintained by a management company.


An ecological assessment of the site has already taken place, which has highlighted no particular ecological issues with the development of the site. This assessment will be part of our planning application and assessed by Cornwall Council.


The development of the land off Polwithen Drive will offer a number of benefits to the Carbis Bay community and the wider area.

bunnyhomes are proud that the homes we build not only provide much needed housing to the local community, but also provide employment to people in the local area. bunnyhomes uses local sub-contractors where possible.

As part of the development, bunnyhomes will be providing ten new affordable homes, including an affordable bungalow. These will be prioritised for those with a local connection.

We will also agree with Cornwall Council any money necessary to mitigate the impact of the development on the local community, i.e. in relation to education, highways etc.


This is what we’re expecting to happen in the process. Register for updates if you want to be kept up to date.

We have now analyse the feedback received from residents, councillors and others, taken on board any issues raised, finalised the plans and submitted them to Cornwall Council.

We hope the plans will be determined at some point over the autumn and hope to begin working on site in early 2020.

The building of the homes would take approximately 18 months and we plan to communicate with the local community during the construction of the site.

June 2019

Public Consultation

July 2019

Review feedback and finalise plans

Sept 2019

Submit plans to Cornwall Council, depending on any issues raised in consultation

Sept - Nov 2019

Formal Consultation on proposals

Dec 2019

Estimated determination

Early 2020

Construction begins on site

Mid 2021

Homes are completed and residents move in


At bunnyhomes we take the views of the local community in Carbis Bay seriously and to that end we held a public consultation on the 14th June 2019. Here we displayed our plans and proposals for the land off Polwithen Drive and invited feedback. You can download the material displayed here.

We would like to thank all those who attended our exhibition and for all the feedback we subsequentially received. Our consultation period has now ended and the application has been submitted to Cornwall Council, under the reference PA19/07842, for determination.

If you have any questions about the information provided, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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